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Chandelier rod

Chandelier rod

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1650-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wrought iron, painted and gilded

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ironwork, Room 113, case CEILING

Physical description

Wrought iron chandelier rod, the design incorporating dragons' heads with forked tongues. It would originally have been painted and gilded; traces of black, brown-black, gold leaf, dark blue, yellow oil size, cream, grey, brown, blue, stone, smalt in oil, smalt in lead and white remain.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1650-1700 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Wrought iron, painted and gilded


Height: 225 cm, Width: 70 cm, Depth: 8 cm, Weight: 35 lb

Object history note

Formerly in the C. Herbert Shoppee Collection. From St Michael's Church, Queenhythe, London (demolished 1876).

Descriptive line

Chandelier rod, the dragons' heads with forked tongues, wrought iron originally painted and gilded, made in England, ca. 1650-1700

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Fig.84, p.65
Ayrton, Maxwell and Arnold Silcock. Wrought iron and its decorative use. London : Country Life, ltd ; New York, C. Scribner's sons, 1929. 4 pl., 196 p., ill.

Labels and date

Wrought iron
England; c. 1650-1700

From St Michael's Church, Queenhythe, London (demolished 1876). Unusually this rod incorporates dragons' heads with forked tongues rather than tulips and roses and is much simpler in design than the other two rods from the same church displayed nearby. It would originally have been painted and gilded.

C. Herbert Shoppee Collection
Museum No. 500-1901 [07/1994]


Wrought iron


Forging (metal forming); Painting (coating); Gilding

Subjects depicted



Metalwork; Ironwork; Lighting; Religion; Christianity


Metalwork Collection

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